Out on 16 May 2019

Homeland

Fernando Aramburu

Translated by Alfred MacAdam
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16 May 2019
9781529029314
1202 minutes
David Pittu
Synopsis

'It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that was so persuasive and moving, so intelligently conceived.' Mario Vargas Llosa

Miren and Bittori have been best friends all their lives, growing up in the same small town in the north of Spain. With limited interest in politics, the terrorist threat posed by ETA seems to affect them little. When Bittori’s husband starts receiving threatening letters from the violent group, however – demanding money, accusing him of being a police informant – she turns to her friend for help. But Miren’s loyalties are torn: her son Joxe Mari has just been recruited to the group as a terrorist and to denounce them as evil would be to condemn her own flesh and blood. Tensions rise, relationships fracture, and events race towards a violent, tragic conclusion . . .

Fernando Aramburu’s Homeland is a gripping story and devastating exploration of the meaning of family, friendship, what it’s like to live in the shadow of terrorism, and how countries and their people can possibly come to terms with their violent pasts.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that was so persuasive and moving, so intelligently conceived.

Mario Vargas Llosa

A brilliant and important book. Our planet is covered with lines of various kind, and Aramburu masterfully examines the bodies and souls those lines cut through like razors. Homeland shows us the damage we humans have done to ourselves. And, like all great books, it hints at the places where love and redemption might still be found.

Nadeem Aslam

A magnificent novel which is becoming a publishing, political and literary phenomenon. A story imbued with a spine-tingling sense of realism.

La Vanguardia